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Accolades
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Reserve
The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is poised to age beautifully. It delivers a style similar to the 2012 vintage, but is enhanced by a more rich and intense fruit character. Deep, fragrant aromas explode from the glass, exhibiting notes of blackberry and blueberry extract highlighted by cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Powerful yet elegant, the flavorful palate displays ripe flavors of plum, blackberry, and black cherry supported by structured tannins and refreshing acidity.
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Reserve
The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is poised to age beautifully. It delivers a style similar to the 2012 vintage, but is enhanced by a more rich and intense fruit character. Deep, fragrant aromas explode from the glass, exhibiting notes of blackberry and blueberry extract highlighted by cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Powerful yet elegant, the flavorful palate displays ripe flavors of plum, blackberry, and black cherry supported by structured tannins and refreshing acidity.
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Reserve
The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is poised to age beautifully. It delivers a style similar to the 2012 vintage, but is enhanced by a more rich and intense fruit character. Deep, fragrant aromas explode from the glass, exhibiting notes of blackberry and blueberry extract highlighted by cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Powerful yet elegant, the flavorful palate displays ripe flavors of plum, blackberry, and black cherry supported by structured tannins and refreshing acidity.
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Reserve
The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is poised to age beautifully. It delivers a style similar to the 2012 vintage, but is enhanced by a more rich and intense fruit character. Deep, fragrant aromas explode from the glass, exhibiting notes of blackberry and blueberry extract highlighted by cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Powerful yet elegant, the flavorful palate displays ripe flavors of plum, blackberry, and black cherry supported by structured tannins and refreshing acidity.
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Reserve
The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is poised to age beautifully. It delivers a style similar to the 2012 vintage, but is enhanced by a more rich and intense fruit character. Deep, fragrant aromas explode from the glass, exhibiting notes of blackberry and blueberry extract highlighted by cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Powerful yet elegant, the flavorful palate displays ripe flavors of plum, blackberry, and black cherry supported by structured tannins and refreshing acidity.
Wine Ratings
2015 | Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
92pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2016
Vibrant and juicy, with an intriguing mix of honeysuckle, mango and toast flavors that are intense and refreshing. Floral and pine notes linger on the finish. Drink now. 1,100 cases made.  –MW
2012 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
91pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2015
A firm, muscular style that exhibits taut black cherry, dark berry, lead pencil, savory herb and underbrush notes. Gains on the finish. The tannins are pleasantly grainy, holding the flavors on the palate. Best from 2015 through 2026. 2,200 cases made.  –JL
2007 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2011
Still very tight and backward, exhibiting loamy earth, currant and dark berry flavors that show touches of cedar and tobacco, with an elegant and satisfying finish. True-to-form Howell Mountain Cabernet in a warm year. Drink now through 2021. 2,200 cases made.  –JL
2006 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
94pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
A tour de force Cabernet. Dense, plush, rich and concentrated, with wall-to-wall flavors, offering layers of black cherry, black currant, black licorice, mineral and graphite. Full-bodied and tightly wound with firm tannins, yet finishes with a mix of juicy berry and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made.  –JL
2004 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
91pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
A rustic yet smooth and harmonious style, with dusty berry, mineral, sage and herb scents that form a complex core of flavors. There's good intensity, and the tannins are in check. Ends with a minerally aftertaste, making this a wine that's very true to its appellation. Best from 2008 through 2016. 2,500 cases made.  –JL
2004 | Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Lone Canyon Vineyard
91pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2008
Firm, tight and concentrated, with a complex, well-structured mix of currant, mineral, sage and savory herb notes that are compact yet focused and also long and persistent, pushing past the chewy tannins. Best from 2010 through 2016. 1,900 cases made.  –JL
2003 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 31, 2006
Impeccable balance, depth and concentration, combining rich, dense currant, anise, sage and berry flavors with a mix of cedary oak and spice. Finishes with a push of fruit and ripe, firm tannins. Best from 2007 through 2012. 1,240 cases made.  –JL
2002 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2012
This seamless effort is elegant and understated, and at a good drinking stage. Smooth-textured, with touches of maturity in the core red berry and herb-laced flavors.—2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2019. 710 cases made.  –JL
2002 | Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Lone Canyon Vineyard
92pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2006
Rich and intense, with a tight, concentrated core of earthy currant, mineral, wild berry, sage and cedar. This one begs for short-term cellaring as it gracefully unfolds to reveal subtle flavor nuances, with tannins that give it a solid backbone. Best from 2007 through 2013. 1,900 cases made.  –JL
2001 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
93pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2011
Delivers a beam of pure, tight, ripe, intense dark berry fruit, well-structured, firming at midpalate and holding focus to end in a sleek, persistent finish. Very impressive.—2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2017. 768 cases made.  –JL
2001 | Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Lone Canyon Vineyard
91pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Feb 28, 2005
Scents of new leather, ripe currant and plum lead to a similar array of flavors. Well-structured, with a firm core of edgy tannins and lively acidity. Most impressive, though, is the long, rich, intense flavor, with a nice minerally edge. Best from 2006 through 2012. 1,618 cases made.  –JL
2001 | Howell Mountain Merlot 
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Jun 30, 2004
Ripe, rich and polished, with intense, concentrated currant, blackberry and cedary anise flavors, gaining richness and complexity, with a long, persistent aftertaste. Best from 2005 through 2012. 444 cases made.  –JL
2000 | Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2003
Dark and supple, with a rich mineral-, blackberry- and currant-infused core of fruit flavors, turning elegant and polished, with a sense of harmony and finesse. Lots of flavors push through on the aftertaste. Best from 2004 through 2011. 815 cases made.  –JL
1999 | Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Lone Canyon Vineyard
92pts. - Wine Spectator
Country: California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2002
A taut, compact style, with rich, concentrated currant, pencil lead, blackberry and anise. Beautifully focused, intense and structured, with firm but ripe tannins on the finish. Best from 2005 through 2012. 610 cases made.  –JL
Vintage Reviews
Vintage reviews provide a general indication of a region’s overall
performance in a given year. The score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel
samples and/or a limited sampling.
100 Point Scale
95 - 100   Classic

80 - 84   Good

90 - 94   Outstanding

75 - 79   Mediocre

85 - 89   Very Good

50 - 74   Poor
2013
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 91 - Drink or Hold
Rivals 2012, with amazing density and structure; tannic too and should be long-lived.
2012
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 92 - Drink or Hold
Record-sized crop with many stars amid a solid vintage across the board; tannic.
2011
Napa: 86 - Sonoma: 83 - Drink or Hold
Rare rainy harvest proved it can happen; few sunny spots, variable quality.
2010
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 89 - Drink or Hold
Cool, steady year; wines show exceptional quality, tight, dense and layered.
2009
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 85 - Drink or Hold
Late, cool year yielding a surprise bounty of pure, opulent wines.
2008
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 86 - Drink or Hold
Frost year lowered yields but not quality; unique for its depth and concentration.
2007
Napa: 97 - Sonoma: 88 - Drink or Hold
Textbook year; small crop, ideal ripening, wines defined by complexity and plush tannins.
2006
Napa: 95 - Sonoma: 87 - Drink
A late, cool harvest produced dense, concentrated and ageworthy wines.
2005
Napa: 92 - Sonoma: 83 - Drink
Record-size crop; best are elegant and balanced, yet many are tannic and drying out.
2004
Napa: 95 - Sonoma: 84 - Drink
Small crop of exceptional quality; ripe, elegant, concentrated and harmonious.
2003
Napa: 85 - Sonoma: 83 - Drink
Uneven ripeness; austere and tannic in style. More like 2000 than 2001 or 2002.
2002
Napa: 93 - Sonoma: 82 - Drink
Superb in Napa; dense and rich, rivaling 2001 for depth and complexity.
2001
Napa: 93 - Sonoma: 87 - Drink
Excellent weather; many stunning wines but also a few disappointments.
2000
Napa: 85 - Sonoma: 81 - Drink
Mixed and a bit green overall, but some stellar wines that may be overlooked and undervalued.
1999
Napa: 97 - Sonoma: 87 - Drink
Tremendous depth, concentration and structure from a cool, moderate year; ageworthy.
1998
Napa: 84 - Sonoma: 82 - Past Peak
Cool, damp year with mostly green, herbal wines marked by gritty tannins; few memorable bottles.
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